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By Jean Schurman Scott Stiegler, a sixth grade teacher at Florence, didn’t set out to have a head full of hair; he grew his hair out in support of a family friend who was battling cancer. His cause became a school’s cause, and eventually included an Olympic athlete, a Blackfeet chief, and a few friends,…

Knapp memorial dedication to kick off Scarecrow Festival

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the latest public sculpture to be installed in Stevensville will take place on Friday, October 2 at 5 p.m. to kick off the Scarecrow Festival. Join the Main Street Association Design Committee for the dedication of Stevensville’s latest addition to its collection of outdoor art sculptures. This latest work of…

Meals on Wheels – it takes a kitchen

By Michael Howell A grand opening was held at the Hamilton Council on Aging building last Friday to celebrate the new kitchen facility where meals are prepared for the council’s Meals on Wheels program. Not only is there a lot more elbow room for the cooks, there is a new walk-in freezer, an associated cooling…

Scout places memorial in Potter’s Field for Eagle project

According to county records, seventy-two people lie buried in the Potter’s Field at the Grantsdale Cemetery, southeast of Hamilton, but only 15 of them are buried in marked graves. Now, thanks to the interest of a young prospective Eagle Scout, all of those buried in the Potters Field will now have a memorial with their…

Marcus Daly Hospital gives back

In high school and middle school, an athlete must have a physical before he or she can practice and compete. At the beginning of August, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital opened their doors to the valley’s athletes, and with the help of doctors, nurses, and other support staff, which all donated their time, saw 296 athletes….

Wrangling ribbons

History may have been made last week at the Ravalli County Fair when four sisters took championships in four different classes in the Sheep Barn. Keinna Chavez, Alyssa Chavez and Ashley Chavez brought home grand championships in junior showmanship, senior showmanship and intermediate showmanship. In addition, Ashley, who is in her fifth year in 4H,…

Victor Fire Department receives new truck

The Victor Fire Department recently received a very nice surprise. They were expecting a ‘newer’ wildland fire truck to replace their 1996 model. Much to the surprise of almost the entire department, they received a brand new 2015 Dodge Ram 5500 from the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Forestry Division – Fire and Aviation…

Biomimicry founder Janine Benyus to make local presentation

By Russ Lawrence Influential author and lecturer Janine Benyus will make a rare appearance before a Bitterroot Valley audience on Friday, Sep. 11, bringing home her message about solving human problems by emulating natural processes. Benyus is the author of the 1997 title, “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature,” a groundbreaking work that created a new…

Fund set up for firefighter

A fund has been set up for Daniel Lyon and his family at Farmers State Bank to help the family with expenses after Daniel was seriously burned while fighting a fire in Washington State. Four firefighters battling the Twisp River fire in Washington State were apparently involved in some sort of vehicle accident that took…

Lutheran pastor to be honored by Our Savior congregation

Our Savior Lutheran Church of Stevensville will host a celebration dinner on Sunday, August 30, to honor the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Reverend Ray Larson, a former pastor of the congregation and now a member. Reverend Larson is now retired, but since a Lutheran minister in Montana never really retires, he is serving…